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post #11 of 21 Old 07-25-2016, 05:31 PM
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If it were me and it was actually interfering in my handling of my horse, I'd tell her straight away to buzz off. If you didn't ask for help or advice, she has no reason to give other than her own feelings of superiority. As long as you aren't immediately sending the horse off into a bucking, snorting fit and a gallop on a 30m (or smaller) circle, then you're fine.

I don't lunge for long now because I use it as an assessment and a mental warmup for my horse. I check for tightness, any lameness, encourage stretching and correct-ish movement. I rarely canter anymore simply because he doesn't need it. Each horse is different and each person is different - no other boarder lunges like I do and that's their business, not mine.

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"As long as you aren't immediately sending the horse off into a bucking, snorting fit and a gallop on a 30m (or smaller) circle, then you're fine."

Only so much you can do sometimes!!

Rules- make sure your horse is warmed up (same for anything), go evenly in both directions (same for anything), have the goal be a safe pleasant experience for both horse and handler and anyone nearby (same for anything). The ONLY lunging specific rule I can think of is to make sure the circle is large enough, remember their legs! Other than that, it's ENTIRELY what you want to do.

Well I could say "make sure the horse moves around the handler who is stationary" but that's not a "rule" just an off forgotten part of what you're supposed to do lol.

I'm not one to say something either but if someone was flat out telling my horse what to do (saying whoah while I'm lunging) aside from me being in a lesson and the instructor saying that WHILE telling me the same I would be pretty angry. She can be as annoying as she wants but she doesn't need to mess with my horse, it's obnoxious and not fair to the horse and can end badly. Also, for example, I don't want my horse to slow from whoa I want them to stop immediately.
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So true, Yogiwick! Well, to clarify, I meant more the "chasing the horse around going way too fast in small circles on purpose" variety. The kind that causes falls, injuries, and broken legs.
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According to her I gave my horse too little trot (which was like at least 5 circles) and when I asked my mare to canter the girl went like "whooaaaaaaa" slowing her down which ****ed me off a lot, because I felt like she got a bit confused receiving commands from two different sides (the girl was outside the ring and I was inside with my mare). In fact, she kept interrupting me since then and trying to "help" me, as she said.
Oh, and I keep her outside in quite a big paddock actually, so it's not like she doesn't get to stretch her legs.

I was seriously close to do so...

someone who stands out side the roundpen or the arena, and shouts out verbal commands to your horse, is INTERFERRING, NOT HELPING. I would have stopped everything and thanked her for her kind interest in helping, but that she needs to go find some work to do and leave me alone.

If the young lady had asked, "would you like some help?' that would be a different story.
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someone who stands out side the roundpen or the arena, and shouts out verbal commands to your horse, is INTERFERRING, NOT HELPING. I would have stopped everything and thanked her for her kind interest in helping, but that she needs to go find some work to do and leave me alone.

If the young lady had asked, "would you like some help?' that would be a different story.
She did ask at first and I said "no, thank you" and THEN she kept interferring.


Anyways, thank you everybody for your answers, they all did clear my mind up in regards of this topic, no doubts anymore.
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As said, no set rules!
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You're going to need to put her in her place. It's up to you if you do so politely or not
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I have never heard of exact times or counting circles and never used it. I’ve used lunging to teach/practice verbal commands, and possibly give a horse a chance to run off some energy if they’re just not in a working mindset just yet, or they’ve been cooped up. Even then, I’d never do more than a few minutes or as long as it took to take a little bit of edge off. You don’t lunge just to lunge, you do it with a purpose in mind.

You can really over-do lunging, and to me it’s not an everyday thing unless you specifically need it to work on that part of a horse’s training. All it does is bore/frustrate the horse to death otherwise, and it can cause damage when done too much, both mentally and physically. A bored, frustrated horse is one that is going to hate going to work for and with you, and there is a wide, wide world of groundwork out there you can practice.



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So true, Yogiwick! Well, to clarify, I meant more the "chasing the horse around going way too fast in small circles on purpose" variety. The kind that causes falls, injuries, and broken legs.
Oh I COMPLETELY agree with you. I just had to laugh about it a little bit :)

Oh and FWIW I don't know anyone who's advice is worth anything who would interfere like she did (shouting out commands while you were saying something else). The people who know would keep their advice to themselves or ask you if you wanted help, not mess with the horse. Especially after you say no! That was incredibly rude of her AND poor horsemanship.
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I see a lot of things horse owners do that makes me cringe, but unless my advice is asked for I don't give it. I also dislike when outsiders give commands to any animal I am working with. It confuses the poor creature. My family does this a lot with the dogs, and it is very frustrating.

You look like you are in your 20s in your pictures of you and your horse (beautiful mare, by the way). I am a bit surprised that the girl was not intimidated by your age and actually came up and tried to tell you what to do. When I was a teen, I did like telling those younger than me what to do but was intimidated by anyone older. Hence I always listened to those who were older me, and only found out later that their instruction/advice was wrong.

If possible, I try not to allow a horse to go tearing off into a canter or gallop immediately and get them to warm up first. Other than that, really no rules. :)
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